Posts Tagged 'birthday'

All about Easy

Oh I’m such a bad blogger. I apologise. I have been well off my routine lately with regard to posting and really with regard to crafting. I am going through a crafting drought really – I’m so busy trying to enjoy the last of the sunshine and trying to get repairs in the apartment done I just haven’t had the energy to do anything else. Bring on the winter and hibernation. That is always a busy craft time.

Anyway, here I am now to show you a quick easy cheat. We are having lots of birthdays in the office at the moment, and because I make cakes for office friends of mine I can’t really not bake for others. It’s just not nice. So yet again last Sunday I was desperately needing a sweet treat for the office. So I needed a cheat. Using my food processor I made a basic fairy cake batter (eggs, flour, sugar, butter), and then piping some of this delicious cream cheese icing (taste exactly like white chocolate. yum!) and finally (I think this was the saving touch) sprinkled with a few love heart sprinkles. I don’t use sprinkle much by I am so convinced that they really help to pep up boring bakes. It now looks like there was serious effort involved in my little simple cupcakes. Ha! These days I am all about ‘easy.’ Do you have a cheat?

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A Recap

Well, my birthday has been and gone. And it was lovely. Remember the big cake debate? Well I finally chose a three tier red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. It was really good and everyone like it, although it wasn’t the prettiest of cakes. The icing is really runny. Next time I would add alot more icing sugar. Sorry there are no pictures, I had a picture-free week (bliss). For my birthday I got, this great cake baked for me by friends (complete with candied peel. hardcore or what?), 44 DVDs of the West Wing, A HUGE Julius Shulman Picture Book, hunter welly socks, 2 dinners out, and a haircut. So it was a happy, contented birthday. Until next year!

(p.s. red welly update – no sign of them as yet, although I still have one or two presents still to get. Fingers crossed)

Birthday!

It’s my birthday! Hooray. While I’m off having fun with birthday related antics, and in order to celebrate with you, and to herald in lots of new items in my Etsy shop, you can get 15% off all orders placed on my birthday (see below for code). Woop woop! It you haven’t had a look around lately, here are just a few of the new treats that have appeared…

We have these adorable felt bow shoe clips (below). Clip them to the front or back of your shoes. Perfect for a little pick me up. Get them in three summer colours – dusty pink, burnt yellow and sunkissed red. Get a pair for £4.40 ($7) or just £3.74 ($6) with the discount.

I’m loving geometric shapes at the moments are you? So here is my Green & Black Geometric Necklace (below) – £7.20 ($11.60) or £6.12 ($9.86) after discount. For more images, click on any of the pictures from this post and get taken to my Etsy shop.

Or try my new Midnight Blue Drop Earring (below) design? They are the perfect balance of sparkly and dangly. Try them for £4.08 ($6.60).

All you need to do to redeem your discount is to type ‘HAPPYBDAY’ into the discount code section when passing through the Etsy Checkout. 

Please note that all price conversions are liable to change, and were correct at the time of typing this post.

My Birthday Wishlist

Ah, it’s my birthday soon! Yippee. I always think I’m an easy person to buy a gift for (should I be so lucky), but these last few days there have been moans about not knowing what to get (an also a sneaky suspicion that one or two misguided individuals may be following the wrong present path). So to help, I’ve put together a top 10 wish list. Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t expect anything for my birthday, but at the same time I know there will be people who want to buy me something. So in order to prevent them spending ridiculous money on something I’m not at all interested in (although I’d fake it for their sake), here is my (somewhat) affordable wishlist.

1. KitchenAid Artisan Mixer (£439, I can’t decide on the colour but it has to have the clear pyrex mixing bowl with it). Ok, this is my one big gift. I am under no illusion that I am likely to get this, but a girl has to dream…

2. Scrabble Dictionary (£1.18) Mr. A. bought me an early birthday present of scrabble for the IPad. It’s amazing! But I don’t agree with its dictionary, so in order to settle arguments properly I think we could do with this

3. Bungee Cords for My Bike (£5.13) much needed. Black please!

4. Red Wellington Boots (£49) & Welly Socks. I have been dropping that fact that I want these so much in the last few months. Has to be in red too. Perfect for cheering up my rainy/snowy days to come

5. Sugar Thermometer (£4.06) I want to make marshmallows and so I need this. Am I mad?

6. A New Camera Bag (£26.09) OK, so this one is cheating since I’ve already bought this for myself in order to have in delivered in time for my birthday. I’m off to a few weddings this year and carrying around those traditional camera bags with formal wear looks terrible. This works much better or so I hope

7. Benefit Posie tint (£24.50) I’ve wanted this forever, but every time I think I should treat myself and see the price and the teenie tiny size of the bottle and I feel faint

8. Tashen Julius Shulman Book (£10.13) I have fallen in love with the late Julius Schulman and his photography. He was this amazing mid – late century guy who fell into photography and became friends with amazing architects working in America around that time. Basically all the iconic photographs of the case study houses and other ground breaking works in California and the surrounds are most likely Julius Schulman’s. Check him out

9. Pallette Knife for Icing (£4.95) I order to carry out task 6 of Project 2011

10. Basket for the Rear of My Bike (£9.05) Perfect for toting all my things about.

July’s Object(s) of Desire – My Birthday Box

This month’s object of desire isn’t so much one thing, as a collection of things. July is my birthday month. And I think it’s an awesome month for a birthday (every 6 months I get presents between it and Christmas. ace! And the weather is a bonus too). So this month I have chosen a birthday inspired collection. I came accross You’re My Fave‘s Birthday Box a couply of months ago (thanks to Pinterest) and I absolutely fell in love with it. So this month I’ve put together my own DIY birthday box.

1. Wicker Picnic Basket (£12.95) 2. Peppermint Candy Buttons (£7.66) 3. Wooden Picnic Cutlery (£2.95) 4. Melamine Picnic Plates (£3 each) 5. Rainbow Cookie Mix in a Jar (£12.50) 6. Happy Birthday Bunting (£7.98) 7. Pink Foil Cupcake Cases (£3.75) 8. Monogrammed Napkins (£8.00 each)

I am especially liking the ginham picnic basket. It would be lovely as a knitting basket. And the monogrammed napkins are just lovely too, although they are the perfect, dainty size to use as hankerchiefs. Lovely.

Strawberry and Chocolate Tart

This is the most amazing tart (pie) I’ve tasted or made in a long time. It is both delicious and looks amazing. It definitely gives you a feeling of being a legitimate pastry chef. It also went down well in this house as it combined what both Mr A and myself look for in a desert. I want the light, summer, fruity-ness and he’s all about the chocolate. But this sits somewhere between the two. There is a little bit of time involved but not much more than what  would be involved if you were making a victoria sponge or any other cake. I’m definitely going to make this again soon, as a birthday cake perhaps. You don’t have to use strawberries either you can use whatever season fruit or berries you wish to.

To make your cake:

  1. Bake blind a shortcrust pastry case in a fluted tin. You can buy the case already baked or buy the pastry already made as a timesaver. I just whipped up a basic shortcrust in the food processor. If you’re making your pastry yourself, add in 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to make chocolate shortcrust. Allow your pastry case to cool.
  2. Melt 60g of dark chocolate. Using a brush paint your base and sides with the dark chocolate. Leave to set.
  3. Mix together 250g of mascarpone, 175ml of cream, and 25g of caster sugar. Add the zest of an orange or lime to your taste.
  4. Spread out your filling in the now cooled and set tart tin.
  5. Arrange you washed and hulled strawberrys (about 400/500g) around your tart.
  6. Heat 100g of strawberry jam and push through a sieve. Using a brush, brush the liquid over all your fruit.
  7. Put in the fridge to cool for an hour and then you’re ready to serve.

OTT Brownies

Well I’m ending the week on a high – a sugar high. As you know, I LOVE Pinterest. And thanks to it, I came accross this amazing recipe by How Sweet It Is for Oreo Stuffed Brownies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Icing – or rather Mr. A’s idea of heaven. I’ve never had him compliment me so much on something I baked so this recipe is therefore a real winner. The recipe is available free from How Sweet It Is, although I altered it just slightly. To give the brownies a much more dense and moist texture I added an extra egg and a splash of milk to wet the brownie mixture. I also only add 1 cup of sugar rather than 1 1/2 (you’d be getting into diabetic territory there).

It is such a winning treat though I’m definitely adding it to my favourites and it would make a spectacular birthday treat. Yum… I’m off to nab another one with my mid morning coffee…


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